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Recession Readiness and State UI Trust Funds

August 22nd, 2019

[My colleague Kathleen Bryant took the lead on this piece–JB] Given the recent dramatic spike in media coverage of our economic headwinds and recession readiness over the past week, we decided to take a closer look at the balance sheets of state unemployment insurance (UI) trust funds. While the Department of Labor (DOL) is responsible… Read more

A quick note on China’s devaluation

August 5th, 2019

Just back from ranting about this on CNBC so I’ll quickly share some thoughts on the news that the Chinese yuan broke 7/$, in a depreciation that threatens trade-war escalation. Bottom line: the trade war may be about to get worse, and that won’t be good for markets, consumers, and the global economy. It’s hard… Read more

Still a solid job market, but with a cloud or two

August 2nd, 2019

Payrolls rose 164,000 last month and the unemployment rate held steady at 3.7 percent. Wage growth accelerated very slightly–3.1% in June to 3.2% in July (year-over-year nominal hourly pay)–but it has been roughly stalled just north of 3 so far this year. Downward revisions for the prior two months–May and June–appear to have slowed the… Read more